Susan I. Bernatz, Ph.D.

Susan I. Bernatz, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan I. Bernatz, Ph.D. is a leading expert in the areas of undue influence and mental capacity in will and trust contests, contested conservatorships and financial abuse in the older and dependent adults.

Dr. Susan I. Bernatz, Ph.D. is a leading expert in the areas of undue influence and mental capacity in will and trust contests, contested conservatorships and financial exploitation of the elderly. She has served as an expert consulting and testifying witness to law firms and numerous public agencies throughout the United States and is also a court appointed 730 Expert Witness for the Los Angeles County Superior Courts.

In 2007, Dr. Bernatz and other founding members opened the doors to the Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center—for which her experts serve today as the neuropsychological team at LAC+USC Medical Center.

Dr. Bernatz is a sought after speaker and has given numerous presentations and training on mental capacity and undue influence to a range of audiences. She continues to investigate and provide research in the area of elder abuse and has done collaborative research with many major institutions. She has also written several highly regarded articles on the subjects for academic and professional publications.

Dr. Bernatz is a licensed psychologist (PSY13345). She received her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology and Neuropsychological Post-Doctoral Certificate from Fielding Graduate University.